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The Call of the Wild and Free Allow your children to experience the adventure freedom and wonder of childhood with this practical guide that provides all the information inspiration and advice you need for creating a modern uality homeschool educationInspired by the spirit of Henry David Thoreau—”All good things are wild and free”—mother of five Ainsley Arment founded Wild Free This growing online community of mothers and families want their children to receive a uality education at home by challenging their intellectual abilities and nurturing their sense of curiosity joy and awe—the essence of a positive childhoodThe homeschool approach of past generations is gone—including the stigma of socially awkward kids conservative clothes and a classroom setting replicated in the home The Wild Free movement is focused on a love of nature reading great books pursuing interests and hobbies making the entire world a classroom and prolonging the wonder of childhood an appealing philosophy that is unpacked in the pages of this bookThe Call of the Wild and Free offers advice information and positive encouragement for parents considering homeschooling those currently in the trenches looking for inspiration as well as parents educators and caregivers who want supplementary resources to enhance their kids’ traditional educations


About the Author: Ainsley Arment

Ainsley Arment is the founder of Wild Free co founder of Wild Explorers Club and the Wild Free Farm Village and host of the weekly Wild Free podcast She and her husband Ben are raising their five children Wyatt Dylan Cody Annie and Millie in Virginia Beach Virginia | IG ainsl3y | bewildandfreeorg



10 thoughts on “The Call of the Wild and Free

  1. Joanna Joanna says:

    I didn’t love this book Perhaps it’s because this is my 9th year of homeschooling and I’ve already read or heard or learned everything the author lays out in this book Yes don’t push early academics Yes let them play a lot especially when they’re little Yes read living books as much as possible Yes do what works for your family not for everyone else’s family Yes all of life is learning and education Unfortunately the author’s tone came off as smug self satisfied and superior to me which was very off putting Different families do school at home different ways during different seasons for many reasons It irked me how often she told me what HER family did as if it were the gold standard and all other ways of doing school were inferior I guess I didn’t realize what I was getting when I grabbed this book; had I know I would have skipped it In fact I did skip whole sections of information that regurgitated the same stuff others have been saying for years and years in books articles blog posts and conferences Honestly if you’ve been homeschooling for than a few years you’ve probably heard all this before in a condensed less grating tone Save yourself time and money by skipping this book If you are new to homeschooling this will probably all seem new and wild and free and worthwhile And much of it is but know that life happens seasons of home schooling call for different approaches our kids don’t always follow our plans and you just take it day by day month by month and year by year adjusting what works for your family as you go Maybe nature outings won’t work for a season for some reason you are not ruining your child’s childhood or academic success Textbooks have their place and sometimes they’re useful A few thrown into the mix from time to time won’t kill your child’s love of learning and curiosity If read alouds don’t work out for a season audiobooks are great and you’re not a terrible parent for outsourcing that part of schooling We have a lot of freedom in our homeschooling than I think this book acknowledges and we need to give ourselves grace to do what the Lord leads us to even if it doesn’t look like the picture so many of these homeschooling movements paint for us


  2. Melissa Carter Melissa Carter says:

    If you are a CIS heterosexual mama with upwards of three children call your group of friends your tribe hold the idea that your childrens' childhood years are the most important time of their life and that your own personal life must take a backseat to martyrdom than this book is for youUpon picking this book up from my library with the shiny red NEW tag on the side I felt like this book was promising Ainsley does give you a digestable overview of different homeschool philosophies like Classical Montessori Charlotte Mason Waldorf Reggio Emilia and Unschooling I can see and feel the attempt to keep a mother inspired uplifted and open her eyes to the wonder that is your child's mind and their childhood years I can appreciate that and I felt inspired for about 14th of the bookHowever I closed the book screamed read the passage aloud to my spouse RE READ it again to make sure I didn't miss a sarcastic tone and then continued the book with this in mind This book is NOT written with a mother's mental health in mind If you are a person who has ever struggled with PPD anxietyor depression you really need to read this book with caution In Chapter 6 Objections to Homeschooling Ainsley lists Objection 3 I don't Have TimeIt's true homeschool mothers don't get a lot of time for themselves We can't just run out for coffee or brunch with friends not to mention read a book in peace or heaven forbid go to the bathroom alone I understand the concern I'm a desperate introvert who needs time alone to recharge my energy and collect my thoughts She goes on to say I'm not eager for my kids to leave the house This time with my children is such a short season There will be plenty of time for pedicures Pilates and pinochle when they're grown up And I don't see this as sacrificing my best years by devoting time to them These are my best years I can't imagine anything rewarding than shaping another human's life and building a legacyThis Is Not Helpful For Mothers Period After that passage I took off my instagram filtered all wood everything glasses and took this book for what it is It may inspire some and speak to them But for the majority of mothers fathers and caregivers I feel that this message is a dangerous one You absolutely CAN and SHOULD meet your own needs Yes before your child's You can't pour from an empty cup No matter how beautiful the cup is There ARE helpful books cited in this text like Free to Learn by Peter Gray and works by John Holt


  3. Mischenko Mischenko says:

    Even though I've been homeschooling for 14 years this book still had a lot of helpful information for me I just happened to open it up to a random page and was instantly hooked Then I wanted to rip out pages to post near my desk It's positive and uplifting Just what I needed as we round up another year 5


  4. Sarah Sarah says:

    I follow Wild Free on Instagram so I was excited to read this book by the founder of the community While some parts of the book were good helpful and encouraging my overall feeling after reading it was that I wasn’t homeschooling the “right” way I don’t believe this is the author’s intent but so much of the book felt like “there’s no right or wrong way to do it but this is how I do it and that’s really the right way” Bummer that it didn’t strike a chord with me but it seems to be great for other people


  5. Kara Kara says:

    25 stars The tone of this book came off as smug and inconsistent Some of the chapters were like a pep talk and others felt like passive condemnation The author was insistent she was inclusive of all homeschooling types yet her own personal anecdotes and those of her “tribe” she chose to include did not communicate inclusivity and acceptance of all types I would recommend reading the extensive library of books by the authors whose uotes she sprinkled throughout the book Charlotte Mason etc rather than reading this It would be very overwhelming for a new homeschooler and is probably nothing new to anyone who has been homeschooling for any amount of time


  6. Julia Julia says:

    I have been homeschooling for twenty years and I have to say this is one of those books I would recommend to other homeschool educators If you are a new homeschooling parent then I would say read Susan Schaefer Macaulay’s book For the Children’s Sake first Charlotte Mason’s six books on education second even if you don’t plan on using her methods exclusively and while you are wading through those six books read this for inspiration and some practical advice and you should be caught up and ready to goThis is also good for the burned out mom or dad who needs some hints and ideas on how to get the joy of life with kids backI had not heard of the Wild Free website or movement and do not believe you need to have seen it to find this book useful


  7. Cara Cara says:

    I am a traditional school mom who tends to read a lot of homeschooling books Why? Because so many of their philosophies resonate with our values about childhood and adventure And when I need encouragement as a stay at home mom I can often replace the word 'homeschool' with 'stay at home mom' and it reminds me why our family makes the choices we doThis was an excellent read to inspire curiosity and imagination as well as a balm to sooth the constant pressure we all feel to do 'enough' It gives us the much needed permission to do things differently than the rest of society and not be ashamed of it or uestion whether how we are or aren't spending every minute of every day is ruining our kids Freedom from expectations Wild Free


  8. Rachel Rachel says:

    A homeschooling book for the new homeschooling mom who is maybe not confident in her ability to educate her child This is of a jumping off point read the books by the authors uoted in here if you want the nitty gritty of how to homeschool This is probably not the first book I would give to someone thinking about homeschooling but I would include it on a list if the mom was leaning toward unschooling or a child led education As a side note the Kindle version has some typos not so many that it takes away from the book but enough that I hope they are corrected in the future


  9. Mandy Mandy says:

    I have been a huge fan of Ainsley Arment and her Wild Free lifestylemovement for a few years so when I heard about her book coming out I immediately put my reuest in at the library Reading this book felt like I was being wrapped in a cozy blanket or a big hug from a close friendfamiliar and comfortable Arment’s words reinvigorated my passion for homeschooling and made me feel empowered I will be ordering my very own copy of Wild Free because not only is it filled with wonderful resources and ideas but it will serve as a reminder when doubt creeps in AND this book is absolutely beautifulthey way it’s put together the words and pictures both photos and artwork It is so easy to get caught in the comparison traps or what other people think and this book helps to reaffirm your reasonings and beliefs It helps to bring back the joy and magic AND beauty of homeschooling It’s all about finding your style yours and your child’s and rhythmand if that means testing out various methods so be it Keeping the love for learning alive and the sense of wonder strongand letting kids be kids I loved this book SO MUCH and highly recommend it to all homeschooling parents and to anyone on the fence about homeschooling


  10. Jennifer O& Jennifer O& says:

    I expected to like this well enough but it was much better than I expected it to be I expected a “fan book” for all things wild free groups and Kristen Rogers And was pleasantly surprised As for recommending it I would put it in the hands of people needing an overview on all things homeschool Charlotte mason wild free etc For those of us in those communities already it reads like a refresher course and a pep talk It’s well organized the uotes are numerous well selected and inspiring I feel many people in these communities should read it so they are well euipped to put it in the hands of those who need it need inspiring need the information etc


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